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Course Spotlight: Nova Sword

Course Spotlight: Nova Sword

As we prepare to start our third term for the Nova Sword module, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the first two sessions and also shed some light on what prospective students can expect from the various course packages.

When we decided to start BrushForge, we knew that we wanted our inaugural course to be catered towards beginners who are interested in learning design and hand-painting textures in a stylized format. At the same time, we also wanted to offer something that would be challenging for intermediate students looking to refine and level up their skills. The result was our sci-fi Nova Sword weapon.

Metal is one of the most highly requested materials that we are asked to demonstrate and our Nova Sword tutorial videos addresses that in-depth among many other topics. The entire process from concept to modeling, uv unwrapping, texturing, special effects, and final presentation is covered in the course of 8 hours and split among 6 tutorial videos. The videos alone are available for purchase through our Bronze package here. This is ideal for those who prefer to learn at their own pace and try their hand at replicating the Nova Sword.

For our Silver and Gold students, we delved deeper and challenged them to create their own weapons from scratch based on the principles outlined in the tutorial videos. Following 8 weeks of mentoring, 4 live streams, multiple paint overs, and guidance on the private forum, our students produced some fantastic pieces that truly surpassed our expectations. A complete gallery of their finished work can be viewed here. Although the topics for the live sessions are predetermined, our students had the opportunity to request specific demonstrations and spontaneous paint overs. The active engagement from our motivated students created highly enjoyable streams and friendships that we have seen extend beyond the classroom.

Enrollment for our Nova Sword module is ongoing and interested students are encouraged to email us at

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  • Hello!

    I’m Shayleen, and i am bubbling over with a passion for learning and pushing my work to the next level. I currently work full time as a general artist and i find myself getting lost and burnout with having no challenges to keep me going at my work place; so i am pushing myself to challenge myself in my personal time.

    I want to improve, i want to learn. I want to learn different styles, workflows and pipelines for games and this course seems like an amazing opportunity to learn. I use maya, 3dsmax, photoshop, 3d coat, substance painter, zbrush and marmoset viewer. I know the software, i would want to learn about the details, techniques, design, hand painted theory, how to add depth to a diffuse only mesh. Adding the extra visual flare to a prop to make it really special. And i can see all of this on your gallery of projects who have completed this mentorship before. Its so exciting. I would be very excited if there was a place available to become apart of this mentorship.

    If you have any questions or any extra details about the course and how to join, please let me know.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Shayleen, Hulbert

    July 27, 2016 at 11:56 am

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